When Christa asked if there were people who wanted to do a blog hop for her new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, I jumped at the dance. I did a review on my blog about the book she and Angela Walters had written called "The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting: Longarming and Sit down." https://kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2016/04/book-review-ultimate-guide-to-machine.html?m=1
I loved the book. I had also used some of her patterns and know how well she writes them.
When I got the book, I had a hard time choosing which pattern to make. As you know, I chose one, and did the Squiggles quilt, and that post is here https://kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com/2017/08/piece-and-quilt-with-precuts-blog-hop.html, in case you have missed it. I decided this quilt would be perfect as a Christmas gift for a granddaughter. Well, there is a problem. I have 5 grandkids. My hubby tells me what you do for one, you do for all. Okay. I will do more. No big deal. So, then my daughter announces another grand baby on the way, and this one is due the first of January. Well, now there are 6 quilts. So, I figured this blog hop would be good motivation. So, on to the Arrows Quilt.
Again, I used some fabrics from Island Batik. I love these fabrics and love the fact that you can't tell the difference between right and wrong sides. I used a few different collections, and I am not sure of where they all came from. The white came from my stash.
This quilt is a fun one to put together. I have pieced by hand and machine on this quilt. I need something to do during lunch, right?
|Hand piecing during my lunch break|
I sew at work all day and people are amazed that I want to sew during myour lunch. Oh well. As with all of Christa's patterns, this one is well written. It is easy to understand and her illustrations are wonderful.
I also like the myriad of Quilting ideas that Christa shares in her book. It gives lots of great ideas and the best part is that the designs are interchangeable.
As to how I am going to quilt this quilt I am still undecided. In the colored strips, I think I will do cursive L's. I think I will do Triangles in the arrows. As for the white sections, I am not sure.
Trying to decide on thread color. I have 2 pinks 1 light and 1 dark and a purple variegated. The purple variegated is king tut by superior threads. Dark pink is Aurifil and lighter pink is masterpiece by superior threads. These would be used in the colored areas. What do you think?
Okay, I also have 2 giveaways. One is an ecopy of the book, and@ the other is a stash builder roll that has 4 5" strips of fabric from Island Batik. For the fabric, U.S. residents only, please. Just leave a comment and you will be entered in the drawing. I will try to respond to comments as quickly as I can. If you want to purchase a hard copy of the book, you can do that by clicking on this link shop.christaquilts.com Also, for another fun quilt just like this, please visit Lynn at www.monkeyneedle.com
I have more fun coming up on my blog in the next little while, so stay tuned, because there will be some fun giveaways and great things to inspire you.
I have liked all the quilts! perhaps you could work your way through Christa's book!!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on Grandbaby #6. If you love your work, it is never really "work"... that is my theory. Thanks for the chance in the give-aways.ReplyDelete
I love Island Batiks and think they are the perfect choice for this quilt!ReplyDelete
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Ha, ha, I was thinking the exact same thing as Gill - work your way through the book. :)ReplyDelete
Your version of Arrows will be loved, I am sure. To me, it can be for a boy or girl.
I think dot and dashes and for a kid quilt, I think kites would be perfect. BTW, I would not have thought batiks would have been a good choice for this but you made it work beautifully. Thanks so much.ReplyDelete
What a fun quilt!ReplyDelete
Six quilts sounds very ambitious, but you are motivated and the patterns using precuts will speed the process along!ReplyDelete
You have a LOT of quilts to make-WOW! Love the fabric batiks you chose-I love batiks! Thank you for sharing, SusanReplyDelete
Sticking with the patterns in the book sounds like a good idea-everyone keeps saying how quickly they go together. Choosing thread color isn't easy...from your picture, I'd use the pink on the right, but would have to see it draped across all fabrics before making a decision :). Good luck!ReplyDelete
Congratulations, grandchildren are the best! I agree with others, any/all quilts from the book. I don't have a favorite, love them all so, I ordered the book :)ReplyDelete
love the arrow quilt - it is on my list to make as soon as I get some UFOs under control! hehehehehReplyDelete
It looks like a fantastic book, and there are several quilts I would like to make!ReplyDelete
Kites and squiggles would be fun for kids quilts. 6 quilts will keep you busy. Your quilt looks great, looking forward to seeing how you quilt the white strips.ReplyDelete
Personally, I like the spook quilt although I don't know if a child would like it I would choose Frequency because it can be so colorful. Thanks for the giveaway. I am in Montana, USA. tljeo at yahoo dot comReplyDelete
I have to agree with several others - work your way through this awesome book. Fun and productive. Before you know it you will have all 6 quilts done!ReplyDelete
I love batik fabric choices. Wonderful! Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) comReplyDelete
Beautiful arrow quilt!! Awesome book!! Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcomReplyDelete
Your quilt turned out great! And you made two for the hop, good for you, that's ambitious! My favorite quilt has been Frequency. I like that it uses precut strips, as I have lots of those!! Thanks for sharing the giveaways.ReplyDelete
An idea is to make "Gridwork" or "Squiggles" in some novelty fabrics for your grandkids. rozz01 at cox dot netReplyDelete
I'm hanging onto Starstruck and Gridwork thinking a good choice to make with my niece for her first quilt. lutzcats (at)yahoo (dot) comReplyDelete
I've loved all the quilts I've seen so far but the star one I think is my favorite! Congratulations on the new grand Baby! My first is due in about 3 weeks and I'm so excited!ReplyDelete
The star one would be great for a grandson! They are all stars!ReplyDelete
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All of the quilts in the book have reall possibilities for me. Starstruck is my favorite.ReplyDelete
I agree about the designs I've seen, but I choose stars when I pick. Great choices for thread.ReplyDelete
This book is filled with winners - Dots N Dash is calling me at the moment. Grandkids - aren't they just the best gift ever!ReplyDelete
So nice to see hand piecing! Squiggles is my favorite, but changes with each hop!ReplyDelete
Maybe make runners to go over the bottom of the beds instead of complete quilts and make them in their favourite coloursReplyDelete
You sure have your work cut out for you to finish so many quilts by Christmas! I like the S.W.A.K quilt but there are several from this book that are calling me.ReplyDelete
GREAT BOOK!"Dots N Dash" is calling me!Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I think Windows would be a fun one for grandchildren.ReplyDelete
I think you should make the same exact quilt so they don't fight over them! LOL!ReplyDelete
You could make Twinkling Diamonds in their favorite colors and have I spy fabric in center. (I am assuming they are younger.)ReplyDelete
Aren't you lucky to have so many wonderful little people to make quilts for? Woot woot for grandchildren! For the boys I suggest Gridwork, Windows, & Kites. For the girls Twinkling Diamonds, Starstruck, & S.W.A.K. Now I should take my advice! ��ReplyDelete
Ooh, grankids = excuses to make quilts! I like Windows. Could even be done with novelty fabrics.ReplyDelete
I really like dot and dashes! Congrats on a new grandbaby!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your new grand baby. All of the quilts in this book would be great for your grandchildren.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your new grandbaby! I agree with others -- any of the quilts in the book would be super for a baby. I love the Dot'n'Dash pattern myself -- so simple and so pretty! Your Arrows quilt is so nice and I love the fabrics you selected. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!ReplyDelete
Twinkling diamonds is my favorite so far. For a new baby, I might like Dots and Dashes.ReplyDelete
Nice job and cool stash builder tytyty for sharing your colors and idea... firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I love the thread choices. I think my favorite quilt from the book is Kites.ReplyDelete
I like so many of the quilts but lean toward Dots 'N Dashes. Love your arrow quilt and your earlier Squiggles.ReplyDelete
My first pick for favorite has always been the arrows although the quilting part scares me.ReplyDelete
I've liked so many of the quilts from this book! Gridwork was a good one. For kids I think simple piecing with fun fabrics can make any quilt a winner!ReplyDelete
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Congratulations on your grandchildren!! What Joy!!ReplyDelete
Kathy, your Arrows quilt is wonderful!... a new "favorite"!
Your *beautiful* Squiggles quilt was my favorite!... But, each day of this hop, as I see what everyone has created from Christa's patterns, I've been presented with new favorites!...
SO, I would suggest that you can't go wrong, just going through Christa's book, making those quilts for your grandchildren!! (There are even quilt patterns to spare!)
What happy quilting!...
Another grandbaby, how exciting!!! A good reason to make a quilt too. Choosing a pattern isn't easy for me as I would want to make them all. I've seen a lot of delightful quilts from this book but not all so I'll have to go read about some more. Thanks for a chance to win either the book or fabric.ReplyDelete
Making quilts for babies is so fun! The arrows quilt is pretty great, but my other favorite has been dots and dashes.ReplyDelete
Starstuck has given me the most pause so far although all of the projects are great and very doable. I wanna make Starstuck soon.ReplyDelete
The lighter pink thread seems like a good fit.
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My favorite quilt in the book is Gridwork with Arrows a close second. According to fabric choice, both could be customized for boy or girl too. Good luck with all those quilts!ReplyDelete
I like your quilt. I am impressed that you hand quiltedReplyDelete
My favorite quilts are Starstruck and Arrows. I would love to have enough time to make four quilts by Christmas. I'm going to have to get serious about my sewing time. Your's is lovely. I'd love to win the ebook. I'd have to pay you shipping for the fabric giveaway. :)ReplyDelete